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An exiles view

Ron Manager

formerly Libertine
Jan 21, 2007
Brisbane, Australia
First, I understand completely that those of you who watched it suffered the most. You paid good money and by the sound of things had a great deal of hassle to be there. You also had to take the taunts and chants of the farmer scum as we were losing.

However I feel I suffered with you. Rising at 5-30 in the morning with nothing stronger than a cup of tea to drink to watch it was not fun. What's worse however is that one of the things about being an exile is you mix a lot with fans of other teams. Back home most of my mates were from football so they were Southend United fans. There is some comfort in shared misery. Over here I've got mates who support Cardiff, Bristol City, Stoke City, Rochdale plus of course the obligatory Arsenal, Man U, Spurs, Chelsea, Wet Sham etc (no Col Ewe though thankfully). As we don't get our games shown on TV very often it's a big deal to me, so everyone knew we were on Fox Sports and a few of them watched it live before going to work or when it was replayed later in the day.

Instead of shared misery with fellow Shrimpers I've had to put up with objective comments like - "yes, the pitch was **** but you could have played all night and not scored" - or even worse, sympathy :puke.

All I ask is that we won the one game that's been on TV this season so I could bound into work with a spring in my step and boast about it on the Brisbane Roar forum all day. Instead I started the day on Tuesday like a bear with a sore head and fielding comments from people who might be mates but aren't Southend fans so will NEVER understand what it feels like to lose to THEM :madman: